• Bakehouse
  • 16
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Maintenance Assistant

Zingerman's Bakehouse is hiring a Maintenance Assistant! The Maintenance Assistant will work directly with the Maintenance Manager. Qualified candidate would be responsible for repairs, equipment maintenance, have general handyman expertise, PM cleaning of all Bakehouse equipment as well as the upkeep of the physical plant of 24,000 square feet. This individual should be experienced in HVAC.


What are the requirements and skills needed for this job?


  • 32-40 hours per week, Wednesday through Sunday daytime hours.
  • Weekend and Holiday availability. We close only on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Full availability in November and December (we don't take any extra time off during these months)
  • On call for off hours emergency needs (we are baking 24 hours a day)

Performance Expectations - Essential Functions:

The Maintenance Assistant is responsible for the following:

  • Working with the Maintenance Manager on equipment purchases and installations
  • Perform, under the direction of the manager, daily, weekly, and monthly priorities for equipment and facility maintenance with the goal to minimize breakdowns and support smooth, uninterrupted business operations.
  • Maintain an organized and properly stocked maintenance shop to ensure the highest levels of efficiency, productivity, and cost savings
  • Performs or assists in the performance of maintenance repairs as appropriate and possible. Learns to repair some of the common issues of unique Bakehouse equipment.
  • Ensure workplace safety through maintaining all applicable safety rules and requirements
  • Conducts all maintenance and repair work in accordance with the Bakehouse Food Safety Plan.
  • Updates a computer based system to track preventive maintenance programs and to schedule preventive maintenance services
  • Develops and maintains strong relationships with Bakehouse Managers and provide great service to these internal customers.
  • Communicates equipment and facility repair status with department managers as necessary


  • The ideal candidate will have some experience and familiarity in electrical and carpentry work.
  • Must have HVAC background.
  • Must have some mechanical background.
  • Some factory maintenance experience would be desirable but not necessary.
  • Valid Michigan Driver's with a good driving record.
  • The ability to deal successfully with multiple tasks and high stress situations
  • Skilled use of Hi-lo or willing to obtain certification.
  • Chauffeur's License a plus by not required.

Physical Demands:

  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds repeatedly during an 8 hour shift
  • Comfortable standing, lifting and bending for duration of an 8-9 hour shift.

Success Patterns and Desired Characteristics:

  • Takes pride in work accuracy and organization
  • Is responsible and dependable
  • Can learn quickly and work in a fast paced environment
  • Enjoys giving great service
  • Is a real team player
  • Thrives in a production-oriented environment
  • Works well with others 

Who are we?

Zingerman's Bakehouse is a wholesale bakery, retail shop, and baking school for home bakers. We sell to specialty food stores, cafes and restaurants in southeastern Michigan as well as selling to Zingerman's Mail Order, who ships our baked goods everywhere in the United States. We are dedicated bakers and food lovers committed to making and selling the best breads, pastries and cakes we can imagine. We are real artisan bakers, meaning we use traditional methods and flavorful ingredient to make our food.

Where are we?

Zingerman's Bakehouse is located on the south side of Ann Arbor at 3711 Plaza Drive. While there is a bus stop within walking distance, the Bakehouse is NOT located on AATA bus route.

Who are we hiring?

Zingerman's Bakehouse is hiring a Maintenance Assistant, at $16 per hour, to support the creation of with some of this country's best artisan breads and pastries. We're looking for a special individual who is interested in a growing, changing and challenging organization that's doing pioneering work in an artisan food industry.

Are there any benefits or perks?

  • Company contribution to health insurance (for full time crew)
  • Company paid for Long term Disability Insurance
  • Paid Time Off, which increases with years of service
  • 401k contribution (for full time crew)
  • Free BAKE! classes
  • Up to 5 free loaves of bread each week
  • Discounts at other Zingerman's businesses (for all crew out of basic orientation)
  • Subsidized employee lunch

What's the hiring process like?

You can expect to hear from us within two weeks of submitting your application either by email or phone. If selected, you may receive a phone interview, an in-person interview, and/or a trial shift (working interview). From there, you will hear from us to either offer you a position or let you know we are moving forward with other candidates. Our goal is to keep you informed along the way!

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